The start to this season has been far from easy for Manchester United, as has been well documented all over the world. However, one thing they deserve a lot of credit for is their improved performance against Liverpool on Sunday. Fans will be hoping that is them turning the corner and as far as their Europa League game on Thursday goes, I certainly hope it is.
United only drew that game 1-1 but should really have won it.
Wolves continue their Europa League quest on Thursday night when they head to Turkey to face Besiktas. This is a traditionally very tough country to play football in, the English side can expect a hostile atmosphere for their game, both on and off the field.
However, while all of this remains true about playing in Turkey, the actual quality of the league has not moved in the right direction for the past few years.
Wolves begin their Europa League group stage bid on Thursday night after qualifying for the tournament through the qualification games. This is an even bigger test, but make no mistake that Wolves are more than capable of getting out of their group and making their mark in the knockout phase if they get a bit of luck with the draw.
Their first game comes at home, which is always a positive and they face Portuguese side Braga.
After an impressive start to life in the Premier League last season, Wolves are just one game away from reaching the group stages of the Europa League. Italian side Torino stand between them and a place in the group stages, and at the half way stage in this tie it is Wolves that hold a 3-2 advantage over their opponents.
The win for Wolves in Torino may have surprised some last week, but they were good value for their success.
A home game against Midtjylland stands in the way of Rangers and progression to the final qualifying round for the Europa League. They have been impressive in the competition so far and have every chance of making it through to the group stages. They hold a vital advantage coming back home for this second leg as they won the first game 4-2 away from home, and that can be enough for them to not only win the tie,
The Premier League returned to our screens last night, with Liverpool taking it to Norwich City in a 4-1 demolition to get the ball rolling. Now, though, it’s time for the rest of the division to get underway in the traditional weekend matches. One of, arguably, the biggest games of the weekend will see Manchester United square off with Chelsea, in what should be a pretty intriguing encounter. Neither team has had a wonderful pre-season or summer transfer window,
Wolves have two rounds between themselves and the group stages of the Europa League, and they continue their quest to make that round with a trip to Armenia on Thursday evening. They take on minnows Pyunik Yerevan, who have already played two rounds to get to this stage, but this may be as far as they are going to go, coming up against one of the strongest teams in the competition at this stage.
The Armenians have been far from convincing in the first two rounds,
Aberdeen will have been disappointed with the result and their performance last week when they travelled to Georgia. They are back home now on Thursday, with the game still finely in the balance and everything to play for. They will be hoping to perform better, and while they are capable of much better, they shouldn’t need to be too much better to get ahead and win this tie against a team who showed their limitations last week.
The UEFA Europa League isn’t everyone’s favourite competition in the world, but for those involved, it plays an important role in their season – one way or another. It always feels as if people don’t really know or understand what the Europa League is all about unless they actually compete in it, which is a shame. This week will see the continuation of the competition, with just a few more rounds to go until we finally reach the group stages.
On a strict comparison between the two teams, Torino should have enough to beat Debrecen on Thursday evening in the Europa League, but there is a lot more to this game than just that. The reason this game is so interesting, and the reason why I think Debrecen have a chance is because of the build up towards this game, and how different the two teams are right now.
We have one month until the Italian Serie A starts,
The UEFA Champions League final last night brought the curtain down on the domestic football season in Europe, as fans look ahead to two months of international football in order to fill the void. Of course, it’s going to take a while for some to come down off of the incredible high that was the season that has just been, especially in the realms of the English game. Teams up and down both the Premier League and the Football League were able to produce some incredible moments and performances,
The Europa League final takes place on Wednesday night and just like the Champions League final, we have two English clubs battling it out for the title. This is the first time that we have ever seen all four finalists of the two big European competitions come from the same nation, showing off the strength in depth and quality that is in the Premier League right now.
Up for grabs in the first of those finals is the Europa League trophy and for Arsenal,